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11-Year-Old Boy Fights Off Mom’s Attacker With BB Gun

Attacker goes to hospital, then jail.

Howard Nemerov


November 23, 2011 - 7:28 am

In Bellingham, Washington, a 45-year-old man was renting a room in the home of a single mother. Yesterday, he came home drunk and decided his room “had been messed with,” so he attacked the woman, kicking open her bedroom door and choking her in bed.

Enter our young hero, who was awoken by the commotion. First, he hit the attacker with a board. This got the attacker’s attention, who then chased the boy out of the house. The boy snuck back inside and locked the attacker outside. The attacker began climbing into an open window as the woman tried to close it, so he grabbed her arm and threatened to kill both of them.

She was unable to free herself, but Young Hero came into the room with his Daisy air rifle and shot the attacker “at least four times.”

Now the bad news, or what Cam Edwards of NRA News would call “The Deal of the Day.” (I just heard Cam featuring the boy as Hero of the Day, and rightly so. You can watch it by clicking on Show Archives, scrolling down and selecting Hero of the Day, 2:04:00 into Tuesday’s show.)

Police called the attacker a “frequent flyer,” because he’s “somebody they have had nearly 50 contacts with and who has been arrested dozens of times over the last ten years or so.”

This includes “a history of arrests for DWI, assault, and disorderly conduct.” Despite threatening to kill both victims, when the attacker left the hospital he was charged with “second-degree assault and two counts of harassment.”

Nevertheless, both the boy’s act of self-defense and the government’s inability to control a longtime criminal point to the need for a strong and liberal interpretation of the Second Amendment.

Former civilian disarmament supporter and medical researcher Howard Nemerov investigates the civil liberty of self-defense and examines the issue of gun control, resulting in his book Four Hundred Years of Gun Control: Why Isn’t It Working? He appears frequently on NRA News as their “unofficial” analyst and was published in the Texas Review of Law and Politics with David Kopel and Carlisle Moody.
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